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Understanding the performance of emergency feeding programmes: Save the Children’s CMAM Report


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Resource type:Research, reports and studies
Agency:ALNAP, ELRHA - Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance
Author(s):Alice Obrecht
Date published:January 2016

ALNAP and ELRHA will be looking at 15 different examples of humanitarian innovation funded by ELRHA’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) grants. Each case study will explore the dynamics of successful innovation processes, culminating in a unique and in-depth study on innovation in humanitarian action.

Humanitarian agencies have widely used Emergency Supplementary Feeding Programmes (SFPs) to combat emergency levels of malnutrition. Yet SFPs have been found to be ineffective in several contexts, and there is a lack of quality data on whether or not they work at all.

Save the Children UK’s Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) Report is a technology-based product innovation designed to facilitate more reliable reporting of data. The innovation is part of a broader paradigm aimed at changing how humanitarian actors measure the performance of acute malnutrition programming.


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